According to Agence France Presse from Tehran, in reaction to president Obama's Norooz message, Ahmadinejad's spokesman said: "The Islamic Republic of Iran welcome's Obama's message, however demanded practical shifts in the U.S. conduct in order to demonstrate a sincere attempt to redeem past mistakes." Ali-Akbar Javan-Fekr said: "The U.S. must atone for its past mistakes toward the Islamic Republic of Iran and must make fundamental changes in its policy. Differences between the U.S. and the Islamic Republic of Iran will continue to exist for as long as Washington continues to blindly support the evil regime of Israel." Ahmadinejad's spokesman also added: "The United States must discontinue it's violent behavior, it must stop arresting Muslims and must stop supporting terrorist groups around the world!"

Translated by Banafsheh Zand-Bonazzi

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